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Africa Security and Development Program

Work by CNA Strategic Studies (CSS) is characterized by rigorous methodology, unique and primary data sources, and the deep operational and policy expertise of its analysts. CSS researchers are recognized experts who have traveled extensively throughout the continent, deployed with units such as Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (Djibouti), and held military command posts in the region. Recommendations provided by CSS analysts are actionable and don’t rely on straight-line predictions, but rather anticipate a broad scope of plausible outcomes.

Our recent work on Africa has focused on issues ranging from counterterrorism in North and West Africa, to crisis response and theater security cooperation, to maritime security and engagement in the Gulf of Guinea, to access and basing issues. Other areas of focus for our researchers have included the Islamic State – Libya, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the Lord’s Resistance Army in the sub-Saharan region, illegal fishing and piracy off the coast of East Africa, military-to-military relations with Egypt, and the Nigerian Police Force.

Africa Security Reports


Regional Experts

  • Eugene Cobble, Ph.D.
  • Alex Thurston, Ph.D.
  • Zack Gold
  • Mary Ellen Connell
  • BG Donald Bolduc (Ret.) (Senior Advisor)